Covid-19: Update from local Oireachtas members

Deputy Denis Naughten

Denis Naughten TD is calling on the HSE to immediately convene its multi-agency group on the meat industry to address flaws in the Covid protection measures and to make recommendations to the National Public Health Emergency Team.

“Ahead of the start of re-opening the economy next week we must address the fundamental problems within the meat processing sector which could be replicated in other parts of industry and which could be catastrophic,” stated Denis Naughten.

“I have also requested to the Dáil Business Committee that this be discussed in Dáil Eireann next week.

“Since I highlighted this issue in Dáil Eireann two weeks ago flaws have been clearly highlighted in terms of social distancing, lack of clear information on Covid-19 and on self-isolation”.


Deputy Claire Kerrane

Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon/Galway Claire Kerrane has called on the Government to include children and adults with a disability in the Covid-19 exit strategy.

Deputy Kerrane said: “It is both disappointing and alarming for people with a disability and their families that the government has failed to recognise and provide for their unique circumstances when charting a path out of the current restrictions.

“The reality for individuals and families across the country is that the day to day services they rely on have been put on hold during the crisis. Parents of children with a disability have had no respite and have had to take on additional roles in terms of education, therapy, and care.

“The roadmap as published makes no reference to these families nor does it address the unique circumstances carers face when returning to work within the government’s phased plan”.


Senator Eugene Murphy

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy has urged the public to be vigilant, stay alert and be very cautious about movements as official figures show “an alarming increase” in coronavirus figures in County Roscommon.

Senator Murphy said: “Now is the time for Roscommon people to be really careful and not take any shortcuts. I will be in ongoing contact with the HSE and urging more testing to be carried out. The huge increase in numbers of people affected in the county was, to say the least, alarming”.